The Skagit: A Rural/Indigenous Case Study
“This isn’t just for us, it is for everyone that utilizes this river, and the animals that use it,” said Chairman Nino Maltos of the Sauk-Suiattle tribe’s fight against the City of Seattle and Seattle City Lights, to have the institutions add Fish Passage to the Skagit dam system—and in doing so, restore salmon to every community member in the Skagit Valley. In this discussion, different members of the community share how they are collaborating to protect their natural resources from larger, urban interests. This is a lesson in multi-stakeholder conflict resolution, Indigenous stewardship, tribal sovereignty, and the connection between neighbours of different backgrounds to protect the salmon and their futures. Discover more about the relationships and strategy between an essential fight still in play.
Andrew is currently the Executive Chairman of Spinach Bus Ventures (the management firm that owns and operates Tulip Town, Fairhaven Mill, Skagit Acres, and Skagit Landing) and is the CEO of Spinach Bus Solutions, a consulting, training, and strategy firm committed to helping rural businesses maximize their impact and economic potential in ways that are sustainable and consistent with community values.
Andrew is a graduate of Seattle University School of Law (JD), Pacific Lutheran University (MBA), Gonzaga University (MA), The Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School (MA). A veteran Air Force Intelligence Officer and combat flight crew member, Andrew also led global teams at Weyerhaeuser, Expedia, and Amazon before returning to Skagit Valley.
An avid runner, when he’s not chasing his six kids around the Valley with his beautiful wife Holly at various sporting, music, arts or whatever else happens to be on the family calendar, you’re most likely to run into Andrew hiking, camping, climbing, and boating around the North Cascades and San Juan Islands.